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Zamir Libohova - Research Soil Scientist

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100 Centennial Mall North, Room 152
Lincoln, NE 68508-3866

(402) 437-4011 (work)
(402) 437-5336 (fax)
(402) 318-1146 (cell)



Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Hydropedology.

Master of Science in Watershed Management. M.S.

Doctor of Science in Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition.

Bachelor of Science in Agronomy.

Work Experience

Research Soil Scientist - November 2010- present.
USDA-NRCS-National Soil Survey Center, 100 Centennial Mall North, Room 152, Lincoln, NE 68505-3866.

Postdoctoral Fellow - July-November 2010.
West Virginia University/USDA-NRCS Geospatial Research Unit, 3040  University Avenue, Suite 3037, PO Box 6301, Morgantown, WV 26505.

Soil Scientist - Intermittent Tour of Duty - January 2007- June 2010.
USDA-NRCS, 6013 Lakeside Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46278-2933

Graduate Research Assistant – January 2007 –June 2010.
Purdue University-Agronomy Department, 915 W. State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2054.

Soil Scientist - April 2004- December, 2006.
USDA-NRCS, 3381 Skyway Drive, Auburn, AL  36830-6443.

Graduate Research Assistant – June 2001 - March 2004.
Colorado State University - Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Watershed Stewardship, Fort Collins, CO 80523.

Interim Director of the Project Environmental Management Unit (PEMU) - World Bank Forestry Project in Albania. February 1999 - May 2000.
The World Bank, 1818 H Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20433 and/or Rr. “Sami Frasheri” Tirana e Re, Tirana, Albania.

Research Technician and Temporary Faculty Member - August, 1993- June, 1996.
Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences, Corvallis OR 97330.

Scientific Researcher and Head of Soil Analytical Laboratory - December 1986 - June, 1993.
National Soil Research Institute of Albania.

Research Interests

Quantify and predict spatial-temporal soil processes and properties at farm, watershed, regional and continental scales. Develop Digital Soil Mapping tools and standards to increase the accuracy of soil class and property maps. Assess the uncertainty of predicted soil class and property maps and their impact on management decisions for soil conservation practices and environmental protection.

Ongoing Research and Related Projects

Big Data for Bridging Scales from Small Farmers to Regional and Continental scales: Develop platforms for organizing and analyzing multiple data sources from different vintages to support management decisions for conservation and multiple land uses.

Graphic showing errors assessment of soil pH measurements and estimates from various analytical methods and database sources.Soil Uncertainty Predictions Impact on Cost-benefit and Risk Analysis Assessment: Map uncertainty sources (from analytical methods to spatial interpolations and extrapolations) in predicted soil properties (error propagation) and their impact on financial decisions regarding the use of inputs and soil resources.


Soil Analysis Methodology Development and Transfer: Investigate new soil analytical methods (nondestructive vs. wet chemistry) for improving accuracy and efficiency. Develop pedotransfer functions for transferability of analytical results between different analytical methods.

Soil Systems Initiative: Quantifying soil functions and their interactions based on Soil Geomorphology, Geophysical and Biophysical Processes, Digital Soil Mapping, Geostatistics, etc., to upscale soil functions from soil landscape to watershed, regional (MLRAs, etc.) and continental scales.

Graphic showing ���static” to “dynamic” spatial-temporal soil functions.Graphic showing upscaling from small catchment to large watersheds and MLRAs by coupling soil water movement at landscape scale with the soil distribution from SSURGO.Graphic showing coupling SSURGO with soil systems.

Climate Change Impacts on Soil Distribution and Functions: Assess the climate change influence in soil moisture and temperature regimes and their impact on soil distribution and soil property and functions.

Models for the Rocky Mountain Range and Forest and the Western Range and Irrigated Region (USDA-NRCS, 2002).Temperature and moisture regimes predicted for current conditions and for conditions predicted in 2070 under 2.6 W m-2 and 8.5 W m-2 climate change scenario (IPCC, 2000; CIAT, 2012).Graphic showing regression output visualization for 25 cm depth carbon content.


Professional Membership and Leadership

  1. Membership:
    1. Xi Sigma Pi Society, founded at the University of Washington, Omicron Chapter at Colorado State University, 2003-present.
    2. Indiana Soil Classifiers Association, 2007-present.
    3. Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), 2006-present.
    4. Alb-Shkenca Institute, 2006-present.
    5. oUniversal Soil Classification System Working Group of the International Union of Soil Scientist (IUSS), 2014 to present.
    6. Editorial Board for Frontiers, Remote Sensing and Geoderma Regional journals.
  2. Review Editor for Environmental Science Journal, Geoderma, PLOSONE.
  3. Leadership:
    1. Chair of Soil Geomorphology Committee of ASA-CSSA-SSSA.
    2. Chair of Digital Soil Mapping Working Group Division 5, S5, SSSA.
    3. Executive Secretary of the GlobalSoilMap North America Node, 2010 to present.
    4. Executive Secretary of the GlobalSoilMap Consortium, 2016 to present.
    5. Vice-Chair and co-founder of GlobalSoilMap IUSS Working Group.
  4. Adjunct Assistant Professor - Department of Agronomy, Purdue University.
  5. Advisor and Committee member for 4 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students and 1 Master of Science (MS) student.
  6. Peer reviewed more than 50 articles for 17 scientific journals, and proposal evaluation for national Science Foundation and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Earth Science Program.


Published more than 45 articles on peer review journals, 7 book chapters, over 75 abstracts and 3 national databases.

Training Development and Delivery

  • Basic Soil Survey Training Course
  • Soil Geomorphology Institute
  • Digital Soil Mapping Course I
  • Digital Soil Mapping Course II
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)/Digital Soil Mapping (DSM)/Soil Survey
  • Statistics for Soil Scientists

Professional Workshops

GlobalSoilMap (GSM):

  • ISPRA, Italy, Sponsored by Joint Research Center - European Commission, 06/20-24/2011;
  • Fargo, North Dakota, USA, Sponsored by USDA, 09/02-04/2011;
  • Morgantown, West Virginia, USA, Sponsored by USDA and West Virginia University, 05/9-10/2012;
  • Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, Sponsored by USDA-NRCS-NSSC, 08/28-30/2012;
  • Orleans, France, Sponsored by Purdue University and Agroscope Changins-Wadenswil, Switzerland, 10/07-09/2013.
  • Aarhus, Denmark, Sponsored by Aarhus University and USDA-NRCS NSSC, 06/26-27, 2016.

Digital Soil Mapping (DSM):

  • Rome, Italy, Sponsored by Joint Research Center - European Commission and Purdue University, 05/24-26/2010;
  • Sydney, Australia, Sponsored by GSM Consortium, University of Sydney, USDA, 04/11-14/2012;
  • Nanjing, China, Sponsored by Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Science and USDA-NRCS, 11/11-14/2014.
  • Cordoba, Spain, Sponsored by University of Cordoba and
  • Aarhus, Denmark, Sponsored by Aarhus University and USDA-NRCS NSSC, 06/27-07/01, 2016.

Digital Soil Morphometric

  • Inaugural Global Workshop on Digital Soil Morphometrics, Madison, Wisconsin, 06/1-4/2015, Sponsored by USDA, IUSS and University of Madison, Wisconsin

Community Outreach

  • Prepared and presented a power point presentation for the Earth Day and participated in the Earth Day activities in Bibb County-Brent Elementary School in Alabama.
  • Organized and carried out the field day visits at Bibb County for (i) forestry students of Alabama A&M in Huntsville; and (ii) the Bibb County Soil and Water Conservation District.
  • Helped in describing soil profiles for land judging contests for Lamar, Fayette, and Chilton counties in Alabama and participated in the Land judging teams during the contest.
  • Volunteered at Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG).  Helped in preparing a summary report on the Pajaro River estuary related to pesticide and urban runoff.
  • Volunteered at MedAir to provide learning materials and start an English teaching program at a Kosovo Refugee Camp in Tirana, Albania during the Serbia-Kosovo conflict.
  • Volunteered at Children’s Hospital in Albania in providing care for orphan children.
  • Volunteered at University of California Cooperative Extension Service, San Benito County assisting a farm adviser in providing services to farmers in Salinas Valley and surrounding areas.
  • Volunteered at the International Student Orientation Program at Oregon State University, 1995.
  • Initiated a Project to support Albanian Universities with literature, textbooks, and other equipment.
  • Volunteered to the State 4-H Youth Round-Up events at Purdue University by organizing daily group tours introducing participants to soils and new spatial technologies and exposing them to career opportunities in soil science.
  • Helped in describing soil profiles for land judging contests for different counties in Indiana and participated in the Land judging teams during the contest.
  • Secretary of the Parent Teacher Association of Randolph Elementary School.